Rare Nottingham Forest memorabilia won by Derby County fan in competition held to raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis
A rare piece of Nottingham Forest memorabilia donated by the family of former Nottingham Forest and Derby County assistant manager Peter Taylor was presented to the winner of a Fantasy Football League competition today at Derby County’s Pride Park.
The competition was set up to raise funds and awareness for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, by Nicola Fraser and her partner, Paul Stewart. Nicola lost her dad, Alan to the disease. Wendy Dickinson, Deputy Chair of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, is Peter’s daughter and she made the presentation to winner James Hare (18), from Duffield near Derby. He beat off competition from dozens of others in the Peter Taylor Memorial League on the popular Fantasy Football website based on last season’s Premier League.
Wendy said: “My brother, Phil and I were happy to donate a large limited-edition photo montage as a prize for this competition. It shows Forest’s back-to-back European Cup winning side of 1979 and 1980 and was produced by the captain John McGovern. He got it signed by all the players. A copy was presented to each member of the team and to our late mum, Lilian.”
Ironically James is a Rams season ticket holder who attended his first Derby game as a babe-in-arms at the tender age of just 128 days old. He said: “I am planning to auction the prize later in the year and make a donation to APF and use some of the money to help fund university. I hope the auction will raise more awareness of the disease and give Forest fans the chance to buy an interesting piece of memorabilia.”
Nicola Fraser said: “My dad was only 70 when he passed away in February, 2016. He was a Primary School Teacher at Portlethen Primary School in Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire. He was only diagnosed with IPF in the November before he died. The disease progressed quickly, and he died suddenly in hospital after a two-day stay. His brother, Christopher, also has IPF and although his health has deteriorated over the last few months he is fighting as hard as he can.
“The inspiration for the Peter Taylor Memorial Fantasy Football League came after meeting Wendy at the Clough Taylor Run last year. We thought it was a fitting way to honour her father, another sufferer, and raise funds and as much awareness as possible for this little-known disease. We will continue to work with the charity and thank them for all of their support.”